Holidays in Greece: a history in tourism posters In 1990 visitor numbers hit nine million for the first time, with some tourists inspired by the movie Shirley Valentine, released the previous year. Cephalonia features in Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, about the Italian and German occupation of Greece in the second world war.
By foreign tourist numbers to Greece have reached – a five-fold increase in five years. The average stay of the visitors is one week; and in 1956 My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell reveals Corfu to a generation of readers.
Greece is one of the first destinations to be chosen by Britannia Airways for its new Boeing 737 jet, with charters from Luton to Athens. In Jacqueline Kennedy marries the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on the Ionian island of Skorpios.